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A Catholic Funeral Order of Service

Jan 12, 2014


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The Catholic order of service can be a lengthy ceremony depending on the parish of the surviving family or deceased. Typically, most Catholics prefer to include the entire ceremony mass inside their funeral programs. It serves as a wonderful remembrance of the final life tribute of a loved one. Although this is very optional, it is up to the family as to whether or not each detail of the mass is included in print.

Below is an outline of a typical Catholic funeral mass which can vary from various parishes and the type of ceremony that is being performed by the priest. As you can see from the sample given, the family has chosen to include all prayers, responses, scripture, and songs lyrics. You can also just choose to include the main titles and exclude the details with the lyrics, if desired.

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NAME OF DECEASED January 19th, 2014 Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Officiated by Father Mark O’Harrah Pallbearers include John Adams, Timothy Smith, Johnny Doe, Peter Lee, David Anderson and Jonathan Paulette.

OPENING RITES Entrance Hymn: “Amazing Grace”

Priest: The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. All: And also with you.

LITURGY OF THE WORD First Reading: Daniel 12: 1-3 At that time Michael will arise — the great Prince, defender of your people. That will be a time of great distress, unparalleled since nations first came into existence. When that time comes, your own people will be spared — all those whose names are found written in the Book. Of those who are sleeping in the Land of Dust, many will awaken, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting disgrace. Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightness, as bright as stars for all eternity.

Priest: This is the word of the Lord. All: Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 116: 10-11, 15-16, 5-6 Response: I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted: I said in my haste, All men are liars. All: I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds. All: I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

All: I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Priest: This is the word of the Lord. All: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading: Luke 23: 33-43 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

COMMUNION RITE Priest: Let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words our Savior gave us. All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Priest: Deliver us, Lord, from every evil and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all turmoil as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

All: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours—now and forever.

Communion Hymn: “One Bread, One Body”

CONCLUDING RITES All: Receive his soul and present him to God the most high.

Concluding Hymn: “On Eagle’s Wings”

Please join us for a reception honoring the life of [deceased name] in the Fireside Room, immediately following the mass. Donations may be given in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society in [deceased name].


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